It's officially happening.
After last week's change to the in-game location of the closed Casino building in Grand Theft Auto Online, we now have an official confirmation that the grand opening will be soon. Rockstar Games has tweeted a short teaser.
The teaser doesn't reveal too much - it's just a 10-second clip of a stylized purple GTA Online logo, lit up sequentially like a neon sign with various gambling-related imagery around it. There are playing cards, a roulette, coins and a diamond. The tweet is captioned with "Opening soon: A luxury casino in the heart of Vinewood...".
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Opening soon: A luxury casino in the heart of Vinewood... pic.twitter.com/fSM9xXFk23
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) June 13, 2019
This is a confirmation that the existing Casino location will be used - which shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as that not happening simply wouldn't be logical. While we don't know anything specific about the gameplay, content or release date of the DLC at this point in time, chances are Rockstar will be dropping further hints in the coming days.
The Casino DLC would be 2019's first truly major update and is bound to be launched well before the end of summer, most likely sometime later in June. Players have been speculating about the future of the unused Casino building since the launch of GTA Online, and while it took 5 years, we're finally seeing all that hype pay off.
What to expect from the Casino is the question on everyone's minds, but it's important to remember that gambling is very likely off the table. Due to the presence of microtransactions allowing for the purchase of in-game currency with real money, gambling laws would likely block this feature, especially considering that poker has been blocked in Red Dead Online in many countries and doesn't have real money involved.
Players can expect a great deal of new content regardless. A new mission property, upgrades, vehicles, clothing items and more will accompany this major DLC if past updates are anything to go on. It's likely going to work similarly to previous business-based DLCs.
Stay tuned for more info on the GTA Online Casino update.